One of the Texas-based documentaries at this month’s AFI Dallas International Film Festival is Austin director David Modigliani’s Crawford, a look at a town that was drying up until a certain president came to live nearby. Crawford is —
a municipality with one stoplight, two gas stations, and—because of the attention lavished on it due to its most famous landowner—a global reputation for torrid summers and quaintly rustic citizens. [The film documents how that place] has been overshadowed by presidential entourages, outside agitators, members of the media, and curious tourists.
The boomtown result, writes Steven G. Kellman in the Texas Observer, is that “the town where everyone knew everyone else and doors were never locked” has been utterly transformed.
Crawford plays March 28, 29 and April 4 at the Magnolia in the West Village.